SOCS340 Northwestern College Childhood Obesity Study Proposal

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THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE FRIDAY 6/14

PLEASE MAKE SURE THIS IS AN A+ PAPER AND NO PLAGIARISM!

SOCS340

Assignment 2/Study Proposal

General Directions:

You will be preparing a Study Proposal following the template with components provided. Follow the template and pay close attention to the directional language under each component as well as the comments I provide. These directions, comments, and chapter/page references to your text should give you a good base to use for completion of this assignment.

Your paper should be 2-3 pages in length and include:

  • Completion of the provided pre-proposal worksheet (attach as a separate document). This worksheet is ungraded but will provide you a mechanism to gather your thoughts.
  • The use of Times New Roman 12 as the font with Double Spacing.
  • 1-2 paragraphs for each component.
  • The use of the text AND at least three outside resources with a goal of one citation per component (note: you should list all of these as your references as appropriate).
  • Write in a scholarly tone using 3rd person (writing such as “the researcher’s goal is”).
  • Write in present tense since this is a proposal (writing such as “is” and “will be”).

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When you complete your 2-3-page paper make sure to do the following before submitting:

  • Cross check to these directions.
  • Make sure the directions/comments are removed and it is “clean” with only YOUR work.
    • How to do this?
      • Remove all the directional comments under each component.
      • Under the “Review” tab select “Delete” and then “Delete All Comments”.
  • Read it! Is it in 3rd person, present tense, and void of grammatical and spelling errors?
    • Use spell check and a grammar checker (such as Grammarly).
  • Scrub out the “I” s as appropriate
    • How to do this?
      • Manually or you can use CTRL F and search for whole words/match case.
  • Is the paper in good “form and style” and orderly?
  • Are your citations in place and references in proper format?
    • Use APA format. You can always Google search for your reference and find the proper citation and reference format to use.

Once complete, submit the proposal as a Word document (along with the separate Worksheet as a Word document so I can see your thought process).



Writing a Proposal; a Two-Step Process

1st Step: Organizing your thought process (this Worksheet will help).

Your first task it to really think about what TOPIC interests you. What do you want to know more about?

The first step of the proposal is preparatory work by answering five questions that in journalism are referred to as the 5Ws: Who, What, Where, When, and Why. By thinking about these, and filling in short answers, you are helping to better clarify your research questions and process. For instance, in the Who box you need to think about who your sample is going to consist of.

Question

My Answer

Who

Who are the people you want (and can realistically access) to perform this study on? How old are they? What culture, gender, and socio-economic status do they fall within?

What

What are you going to do with these people? How will you assess what it is you want to know with your sample? (Questionnaire, Interview, a Test, etc.)

Where

Where are you going to gather the information from? What organization can you go through? In other words, where do you go to access your sample and data?

When

When are you going to collect the information? Think about school holidays or the length of time needed to implement an experiment during the semester, etc. Also think about when the sample is accessible during the day or evening as you may need.

Why

Now state why on earth this research is important in the big picture! Think about how it adds to the literature, how it builds scientific knowledge, and why anyone should care about reading it.

2nd Step:Writing the Proposal (see provided template).

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This information is adapted from:

Rossman, M. (2002). Negotiating graduate school: A guide for graduate students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Pre-Proposal for the Dissertation Study, Michael Worthington, Ph.D. faculty of education, Capella University.




USE THIS WEBSITE FOR: ASSIGNMENT SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPER

https://moodle.nc.edu/pluginfile.php/762414/mod_resource/content/2/Sample%20Research%20Paper


USE THIS: STUDY CRITIQUE WITH ANNOTATIONS

https://moodle.nc.edu/pluginfile.php/767974/mod_resource/content/1/Study%20example_with%20annotations.pdf

USE THIS: HOW DOES YOUR PAPER READ

https://moodle.nc.edu/pluginfile.php/763997/mod_resource/content/2/words.pdf


USE THIS SCHOLARLY WRITING

https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/scholarly




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(The Title Appears in Title Case and is Centered) Submitted by (Your Full Legal Name) A Study Proposal Presented in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for SOCS340/Research Methods (Date) Northwestern College Bridgeview, Illinois i Contents Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study....................................................................................1 Background of the Study ............................................................................................... ? Problem Statement ....................................................................................................... ? Significance of the Study .............................................................................................. ? Researchers Positionality .............................................................................................. ? Purpose of the Study ...................................................................................................... ? Research Question(s) and/or Hypotheses ...................................................................... ? Rationale for Methodology ............................................................................................ ? Summary ........................................................................................................................ ? References ...................................................................................................................... ? ii Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter One sets the stage for your study that will address the following components. Background of the Study WHAT is the study about? Give a general overview of the topic. Problem Statement Problem statement is a general issue, concern, controversy that narrows the topic. It is a rationale for the problem based on past research and practice. WHAT problem(s) is your study going to address? Significance of the Study Significance of the study places your study in a broader context: WHAT is the study’s significance beyond your immediate sample? WHAT potential contributions/implications can this study have for your field? - Go back to the WHY in your worksheet” Researcher’s Positionality This section addresses how YOU are situated with respect to your inquiry. What you write about and how you write reveals a great deal about your knowledge and interest in your topic. In this section you will indicate your stance on the topic. Another part of the WHY. Purpose of the Study WHAT would you like to learn from this study? A purpose is the major objective or intent of the study used to address the problem. This section clearly defines the dependent and independent variables, relationship of variables, or comparison of groups for quantitative studies. For qualitative studies, this section describes the nature of the phenomena to be explored. The purpose of the study must be aligned with the research questions and methodology. A study could determine, compare, establish a relationship, explore, understand, describe, but it cannot “prove.” 1 Research Question(s) and/or Hypotheses Research covers many subjects and it begins with the formulation of a research question or hypotheses that the researcher tests and aims to verify. Research questions and hypotheses are similar in many ways. However, along with the similarities are differences including: • Although research questions and hypotheses serve the same purpose, the differences that exist demand a particular research method. In general, QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH uses a HYPOTHESES and QUALITATIVE RESEARCH prefers a RESEARCH QUESTION. • HYPOTHESES is predictive and predicts a relationship between variables. • HYPOTHESES are more specific. • RESEARCH QUESTION(s) pose a question while HYPOTHESES predicts the outcome of the research. Research questions narrow the purpose of the proposed study into specific question(s) that the researcher intends to address as part of the WHY. For this section, prior to listing the research questions or hypotheses, in one brief paragraph reiterate and/or summarize the problem under investigation and the purpose of the proposed study. Then, include a leading phrase to introduce your specific questions such as: The following research questions guide this (qualitative or quantitative) study: R1: Rationale for Methodology The Rationale for Methodology section justifies the methodology the researcher plans to use for conducting the study. It argues how the chosen methodological framework is the best approach to address the research questions and the problem statement. This section also 2 contains a description of the research sample being studied (the WHO), as well as the process that will be used to select and collect the data on the sample including WHEN and WHERE. • Will this be a Quantitative or Qualitative study? • If Quantitative, what DESIGN will be used? (EXPERIMENTAL or QUASIEXPERIMENTAL) • Who will be your sample? • How will you find your sample? (snowball, expertise, etc.) • What will you ask of the sample? • How will capture the data? (survey, etc.) • Will this study require Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval? Summary This section summarizes the key points of the proposal and provides supporting citations for those key points. 3 References Use the provided below reference for our text as a general benchmark to help with the formatting. This includes the hanging indent which is done by doing the following “right click before the text you want to indent, choose Paragraph, choose Special, choose Hanging.” Trochim, W. M. K., Donnelly, J. P., & Arora, K. (2016). Research methods: The essential knowledge base. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. 4 ...
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Who
Who are the people you want (and can realistically access)
to perform this study on? How old are they? What culture,
gender, and socio-economic status do they fall within?
What?
What are you going to do with these people? How will you
assess what it is you want to know with your sample?
(Questionnaire, Interview, a Test, etc.)
Where?
Where are you going to gather the information from? What
organization can you go through? In other words, where do
you go to access your sample and data?

When?
When are you going to collect the information? Think about
school holidays or the length of time needed to implement
an experiment during the semester, etc. Also think about
when the sample is accessible during the day or evening as
you may need.
Why?
Now state why on earth this research is important in the big
picture! Think about how it adds to the literature, how it
builds scientific knowledge, and why anyone should care
about reading it.

Answer
The participants for the study are children
aged in between ages 2-10 years. The
sample will be drawn across the gender,
cultural and socioeconomic landscape.

This sample is required as it will provide
information that will reveal the causes
childhood obesity. A survey was deemed
the most appropriate data collection tool.
The participants will be accessed at social
gatherings and home settings. Permission
from school managers and parents will be
sought to gain access to the children. In
addition, to gain access to this sample,
approval from the Institutional Review
Board (IRB) will be required
The information will be collected during
school holidays so that a larger sample can
be accessed. The sample will be accessed
during the day.

This study is important in three key ways.
First, it will enhance public awareness
regarding the factors that cause childhood
obesity. Secondly, it will empower policy
makers to design up to date interventions
and thirdly, it will expand existing
literature.


An Investigation into the Factors that Cause Childhood Obesity
Submitted by
Student’s Name

A Study Proposal Presented in Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for SOCS340/Research Methods
(Date)

Institution

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Table of Contents
1

Chapter 1 Introduction .........................................................................

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